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Snowball Cookies

Buttery shortbread cookies filled with pecans and rolled in powdered sugar. These Snowball Cookies are a perfect easy dessert for the holidays!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword mexican wedding cookies, snowball cookies
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Author Danielle


  • 1 cup (230 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 and ½ cups (180 grams) powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 and ¼ cups (280 grams) all-purpose flour (spooned & leveled)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (90 grams) chopped pecans


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, ½ cup (60 grams) of powdered sugar (set the remaining 1 cup aside to roll the cookies in), and vanilla extract for 1 to 2 minutes or until well combined. Mix in the flour and salt until fully combined, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. With the mixer on low speed, mix in the chopped pecans until fully incorporated into the cookie dough.
  • Using a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop (or measuring tablespoon) scoop out the cookie dough, roll into balls, and place on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until the cookies are set and the bottoms are lightly browned.
  • Allow cookies to cool slightly for about 5 minutes, then roll each cookie in the remaining 1 cup (120 grams) of powdered sugar while they're still warm. Allow to cool completely and roll all of the cookies one more time in the powdered sugar.



Storage Instructions: Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Freezing Instructions: Balls of cookie dough will freeze well for up to 3 months in a freezer-friendly storage container or bag, bake from frozen for an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Baked cookies will also freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw to room temperature and roll in more powdered sugar before serving.
Unsalted Butter: If you only have salted butter on hand, just omit the salt from the recipe.
Pecans: These are totally optional! You may also replace them with chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, or mini chocolate chips.